GRAND Final week has arrived!
Result: Queensland Rangers 50 (Jordan Atkins 3, Brendon Marshall 2, James Bryant, Shaun Daylight, Aaron Werth, Rob Elliott tries; Ben Smith 5, Aaron Werth, Abraham Sila goals) beat Western Australia Development 24 (Brad Baker, Craig Phillis, Isaac Thomas, Dan Green tries; Shane Brook 3, Mick Kestal goals).
QUEENSLAND Academy of Sport Under 16?s copped a nasty fright before nailing New South Wales Country 22-16, in the rugby league representative trial at Coronation Park on Friday.
NEWTOWN?S quest for a place in the 2005 VB Premier League grand final ended with a hard-fought 24-14 loss to Parramatta, in the second preliminary final played at Telstra Stadium on Sunday. That final score-line doesn?t fully reflect just how close this elimination match really was, with a number of lineball refereeing decisions that had an influence on the final outcome.
THE Kiwis face a tough slog of seven matches in six weeks in four different countries following the addition of a non-test game against England to their Tri-Nations tour of Britain.
IN a major boost for the Kangaroos Andrew Johns has today confirmed his availability as a member of the train-on squad for the first Test of the 2005 Gillette Tri Nations against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday 15 October.
MALTESE Rugby League will receive more warranted publicity when the well-accepted Waltzing Matilda program appears nationwide in Malta on TVMalta on the Friday 23rd September edition.
Finals Week Three ? Grand Final Qualifier
North Queensland Cowboys 29 def. Parramatta Eels 0
The North Queensland Cowboys have produced the second upset of the weekend, defeating the Parramatta Eels by 29 points to nil, and booking a place in next weekend?s Grand Final against the Wests Tigers.
REFEREE Tim Mander has been handed the whistle for Sunday's NRL grand final between Wests Tigers and North Queensland at Telstra Stadium.
PARRAMATTA second-rower Nathan Hindmarsh is poised to make a shock return from injury in todays NRL preliminary final against North Queensland.
CONTRARY to initial fears, Wests Tigers winger Pat Richards is hopeful he can make an amazing recovery and play in Sunday's NRL grand final against North Queensland after being cleared of a broken ankle.
COWBOYS fans would like a public holiday declared in north Queensland next Monday regardless of the result of Sundays National Rugby League grand final.
PARRAMATTA prop Fuifui Moimoi will miss the Eels' push for National Rugby League glory after the club failed to appeal his nine-week suspension for a high tackle.
THE 2005 Telstra Premiership Grand Final has officially sold-out, with the last 7000 tickets going within 40 minutes.
FINALS Week Three, 24-25 September 2005
Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys have stormed into the 2005 Grand Final following a weekend of upsets and boilovers. The Tigers defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 20-12 on Saturday while rank outsiders the Cowboys thumped minor premiers Parramatta Eels 29-0 on Sunday.